China and the New Silk Road

Which consequences on the regional level?

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  • Date: 31.05.2018, 9 – 14 CET
  • Place: NOI Techpark, Bozen/Bolzano
  • Typology: International Conference

The Chinese project “One Belt-One Road”, also known by the name of the “New Silk Road”, aims to create an intercontinental connection between China, other Asian countries, Europe, and several African states. The largest development program of its kind worldwide, China is investing heavily in the network of trade routes overland, over sea and in the air. The project highlights China’s ambition to intensify collaboration with Europe.

What does this development mean for European countries and their regions, including South Tyrol? Which aspects have to be considered in regard to this project, especially for politics and economy? What are the economic prospects and opportunities of this cooperation and connectivity? What are the challenges and risks of the New Silk Road Initiative?

The aim of the conference is to discuss the development of the New Silk Road and to highlight the related political, economic and cultural implications for European regions and their stakeholders. The conference attempts to determine a position at scientific and political level within current discussions.


09.00 | Welcome
Roland Psenner, Eurac Research
Roland Benedikter, Eurac Research

09.10 | Introduction
Harald Pechlaner, Eurac Research

09.25 | Part 1: Global views of the New Silk Road

Reich der Mitte 2.0 - Chinas Absichten mit dem Projekt „Neue Seidenstraße“
Stefan Baron, Publizist und Journalist, Deutschland

China‘s New Silk Road: Strategy and the Role for Regional Development
Run Wang, Hubei University, People’s Republic of China

Reti e cooperazione tra Università: l’esempio del SUN Silk-Road Universities Network
Aldo Ferrari, Università Ca’Foscari Venezia, Italia

10.40 | Coffee break

Die „Neue Seidenstraße“ – Eine geo-ökonomische Einschätzung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der europäischen Region
Stephan Barisitz, Österreichische Nationalbank, Österreich

The Silk Road: Unlocking the Tourism Potential through Collaboration
Alla Peressolova, former Head of UNWTO Silk Road Program, Spain

12.00 | Part 2: Regional dimensions and outlook

Round table

  • Konrad Bergmeister – Vorstand Brenner Basis Tunnel SE / Consiglio d’amministrazione Galleria di Base del Brennero
  • Matteo Bressan – NATO Defense College Foundation & Università di Roma LUMSA
  • Arno Kompatscher – Landeshauptmann der Autonomen Provinz Bozen - Südtirol / Presidente della provincia autonoma di Bolzano - Alto Adige
  • Wei Manske-Wang – Corporate Strategy Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen,Regensburg, Deutschland / Germania
  • Peter Mölgg – CEO All Wheel Drive and E-Drive, GKN Driveline in Vertretung des Unternehmerverbandes Südtirol / in rappresentanza di Assoimprenditori Alto Adige
  • Thomas Mur – Direktor Messe Bozen / direttore Fiera Bolzano
  • Maksim Vilisov – Center for Crisis Society Studies, Moskow State University

Moderation: Harald Pechlaner, Eurac Research

13.00 | Light lunch

14.30 | Guided tour / Führung / visita guidata NOI Techpark Südtirol - Alto Adige (with registration / mit Anmeldung / con iscrizione)

Language: German, Italian, English (simultaneous translation)


Registration is required. Participation is free of charge.

Please confirm your participation until 24 May 2018 by e-mail and indicate whether you would like to participate in the guided tour at NOI Techpark (please specify preferred language):
or T +39 0471 055 801


Eurac Research
Center for Advanced Studies
Drususallee 1 / Viale Druso 1
39100 Bozen / Bolzano
T +39 0471 055 801

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